This screening will be introduced by Jason Wood, HOME’s Artistic Director of Film.
The elegantly titled Melancholia draws on Engel’s own state of exile in the UK and the leftist intellectual political thrillers of the 1970s. Krabbé stars a successful German art critic living in London who finds himself lured back into the political convictions of his youth. The narrative, though lean and peppered with B-movie echoes, bristles with meaning and the political heart at the centre of the film and the nagging sense of a reneging upon conviction is eloquently executed. The score, an early commission for Simon Fisher Turner, subtly hints at hidden dangers and carries notes of Hitchcock.